“Don’t Breathe” breathless? “Southside With You” presidential? “Hands of Stone” solid? Popcorn Bag Movie Reviews!

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1) DON'T BREATHE (R)

Screen Gems/Stage Six

 

RUSS

There are times while watching “Don’t Breathe” that you probably won’t. Yes, it’s yet another sordid, R-rated horror flick, but it’s an exceptionally well made edge-of-your-seat chiller.

 

SHAWN

The problem is it's more of a thriller than a horror movie. That's because "Don't Breath" just isn't that scary. It's just not.

 

RUSS

Three young and foolish thieves break into the house of a blind man, thinking they’ll make off with easy money. Their victim, however, is a former military man who turns the tables on them. Smart and original, “Don’t Breathe” may very well take your breath away.

 

SHAWN

The only thing that is original is that the man is blind. It's basically the same premise from countless horror films except the dude can't see. If that makes this film smart then this is a horror movie for dummies.

 

RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

2) SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU (PG-13)

Miramax/Roadside Attractions

 

SHAWN

 

Once upon a time Barrack Obama took Michelle Obama on a first date. And like a lot of first dates there was a lot of talking and a lot of walking which doesn't necessarily make for an engaging movie.
RUSS

Barak Obama’s 1989 first date with future wife Michelle is the focus of “Southside With You,” a likable, nicely acted romance. TIka Sumpter and Parker Sawyers give appealing performances as the sharp lawyer and the brash intern who pursues her.

 

SHAWN

The acting is fine and it is interesting seeing how their courtship began. But the way the film is executed couldn't be more dull.

 

RUSS

Like the first couple themselves, “Southside With You” has an easygoing charm.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

3) HANDS OF STONE (R)

Weinstein Company

 

RUSS

The infamous words “No mas” get some cinematic context in “Hands of Stone,” a biopic about celebrated Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran. Edgar Ramirez plays the troubled welterweight, Robert Di Niro is Ray Arcel, his astute trainer, and Usher Raymond portrays his nemesis, Sugar Ray Leonard.

 

SHAWN

It's hard to separate yourself in the boxing genre. There are just too many great movies about life in the ring. There are several great moments in "Hands if Stone" and Edgar Ramirez as Roberto Duran is excellent. But at the end of the day "Hands of Stone" is just another boxing movie albeit a very good one.

 

RUSS

It plays a bit like a mash-up of every boxing movie you’ve ever seen, but benefits from a solid cast and sincere approach.

 

SHAWN

There is a lot going on in the film that I wish they had explored more of. Panamanian/US politics, the mob and boxing connection and Duran and Sugar Ray's tricky relationship that still exist today.

 

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags

 

4) EAT THAT QUESTION: FRANK ZAPPA IN HIS OWN WORDS (R)

Sony Pictures Classics

RUSS

This an example of truth in advertising. This documentary is made up almost exclusively of interviews with the iconoclastic rock musician who turned aggravating the establishment into a fine art. For fans, it’s a must-see. For others, it’s an illuminating glimpse into the mind of an artistic rebel.

RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags

 

Also opening this week, Jason Statham returns as hit man Arthur Bishop in the thriller “Mechanic: Resurrection.” “Equity” is a drama about sexism in the world of high finance. Anna Gunn stars. “The Intervention” is an ensemble drama about a weekend retreat that turns out to be a surprise marital intervention. “The Land” is an urban drama about skateboarding.

 

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